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Aldon Smith activated from non-football injury list

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The 49ers are ready for Aldon Smith to come back.

Smith, the outside linebacker who entered an alcohol rehabilitation program after playing for the 49ers in Week Three, has been activated from the non-football injury list.

The 24-year-old Smith is one of the NFL’s most talented pass rushers, but off-field problems have been a concern throughout his career, and last month he was arrested for drunk driving for the second time in the two and a half years he’s been with the 49ers. During his absence from the team he was also charged with three felonies for allegedly possessing illegal assault weapons.

Smith may still have legal trouble and may still face league discipline, but he is back with the team and likely to play when the 49ers return from this week’s bye and host the Panthers next Sunday.

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48 Responses to “Aldon Smith activated from non-football injury list”
  1. skoobyfl says: Oct 31, 2013 5:46 PM

    Just don’t ask him how he’s been.

  2. bennyb82 says: Oct 31, 2013 5:49 PM

    50/50 odds that he gets a DUI before the season is over…

  3. hendeeze says: Oct 31, 2013 5:50 PM

    WOOOOHOOOO

    Welcome back Aldon!

  4. travelingwillies says: Oct 31, 2013 5:54 PM

    Hate to see such a talented player waste his talent like that. It makes sense why so many teams passed on him in the draft. Hope he gets better

  5. jbarr1 says: Oct 31, 2013 5:55 PM

    Where do I get my “Free Aldon” hat?

  6. badmude says: Oct 31, 2013 5:58 PM

    49ers = high character franchise. What a crock of crap! Aldon, it doesn’t matter what you do, if you’re here we’re going to play you.
    5 weeks off to turn his life around. yeah right! Give him the year off to get his personal affairs in order. Rolando McClain might be a douche, but at least he’s smart enough to try to fix himself first. Priorities Harbaugh! life or team?

  7. mattmchoes says: Oct 31, 2013 6:03 PM

    travelingwillies says: Oct 31, 2013 5:54 PM

    Hate to see such a talented player waste his talent like that. It makes sense why so many teams passed on him in the draft. Hope he gets better

    ——————————————————

    Sarcasam?
    He was drafted 7th overall and wasn’t projected to go until the teens. He was a “reach” according to experts.

  8. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Oct 31, 2013 6:03 PM

    travelingwillies says: Oct 31, 2013 5:54 PM “Hate to see such a talented player waste his talent like that. It makes sense why so many teams passed on him in the draft. Hope he gets better”

    Huh? Dude. He was the 7th pick of the 2011 NFL draft. That’s six teams. If you consider that to be “so many” – then I’d like to talk to you about some real estate I have which is rumored to have liquid gold deep beneath its surface

  9. nickmiller63 says: Oct 31, 2013 6:03 PM

    Badmude: Perhaps it’s relevant that Rolando McClain wasn’t one tenth the player that Aldon Smith is. That actually reinforces your point. Your welcome.

  10. serkeljerks says: Oct 31, 2013 6:05 PM

    badmude says:
    Oct 31, 2013 5:58 PM

    ———————-

    Sneekin’ suspicion you’re not the one to go to for “life” advice……or one who should be commenting on it.

  11. sharks123 says: Oct 31, 2013 6:05 PM

    Yeah, that’s why McClain is out of the league, cause he wanted to fix himself. Sucking had nothing to do with it.

  12. jcbadger34 says: Oct 31, 2013 6:07 PM

    Oh yeah, I’m sure he’s all better now…… Ha.

  13. dukeearl says: Oct 31, 2013 6:08 PM

    Best of luck to you aldon.

  14. briscocountyjr says: Oct 31, 2013 6:13 PM

    9ers are the new raiders…

  15. hrmlss says: Oct 31, 2013 6:15 PM

    Stay Classy SF…………….

  16. coltzfan166 says: Oct 31, 2013 6:15 PM

    The reason they’re activating him is because he was on the non-injury list for the max time allowed by the NFL. This doesn’t necessarily mean he’s back yet.

  17. phelbin says: Oct 31, 2013 6:17 PM

    travelingwillies says:

    Hate to see such a talented player waste his talent like that. It makes sense why so many teams passed on him in the draft. Hope he gets better

    – – – – – – – – – –

    What do you mean so many teams passed on him in the draft? He was picked in the first round…7th overall.

    He checked himself into rehab after the DUI, suggesting that he is serious about recovery. And I’ll be glad to have him back on the team…whenever that is.

  18. mikeinsanfran says: Oct 31, 2013 6:18 PM

    5 Game winning streak and then you get: Aldon Smith, Tank Carradine, Michael Crabtree, and Mario Manningham all back in November for the stretch run? Me like

  19. woodsidegil says: Oct 31, 2013 6:19 PM

    Hmmm. Aldon Smith activated (may not play if suspended by the league), Tank Carradine activated (check You Tube on this beast), Mario Mannigham activated, Eric Wright soon activated, Michael Crabtree activated late November. The 49ers have done well without them but should improve significantly with these additions.

  20. exhelodrvr says: Oct 31, 2013 6:19 PM

    At this point, he’s probably more likely to stay out of trouble in the structured environment the team provides.

  21. mikeinsanfran says: Oct 31, 2013 6:20 PM

    travelingwillies – Yes 6 whole teams passed on Aldon in the Draft who went #7 overall. Must have been his character. BTW – funny how it used to be everyone talking about him being overdrafted.

  22. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 31, 2013 6:22 PM

    Hell yeah! That’s the example we’re setting for our children! He got a paid vacation for his second dui and his first 3 felony gun charges. Atta-boy Aldon. We’re all so proud of you.

  23. nickmiller63 says: Oct 31, 2013 6:22 PM

    And a lot of those teams that “passed” on him in the draft would take in a second, even now. All the sanctimony from Seahawks fans…tiresome.

  24. seahawkgoat says: Oct 31, 2013 6:25 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Oct 31, 2013 6:15 PM
    The reason they’re activating him is because he was on the non-injury list for the max time allowed by the NFL. This doesn’t necessarily mean he’s back yet.

    __________________________

    That is not correct. There is no limit for the NFI designation.

  25. jonbeck316 says: Oct 31, 2013 6:31 PM

    Imagine how good this guy will be when he doesn’t play totally drunk

  26. meleecyrus says: Oct 31, 2013 6:41 PM

    I hope he conquered his addiction, and learned the necessary steps to prevent any future addictions. I think a lot of people would follow that path he was on, had they the fortune and fame he does. I agree the structured team environment will be a huge help in the short-term!

  27. yosoysanmateo says: Oct 31, 2013 6:43 PM

    all these wrist-slaps his wrist gotta be hurting!

  28. steelersandladyboysfan says: Oct 31, 2013 6:44 PM

    I thought he was in jail

  29. drgreenstreak says: Oct 31, 2013 6:44 PM

    No way this dude should be on an NFL playing field. He has a lot of redemption to achieve before he wears that shield.

  30. eastcoastniner says: Oct 31, 2013 7:11 PM

    After he left rehab, the NFL forced 9ers to take him off NFI list. Tune into ESPN if you don’t believe me. How long did Lynch spend in rehab for his DUI?

  31. gslumbers says: Oct 31, 2013 7:21 PM

    Football is probably the last thing this guy needs to focus on. A month to dry out ain’t gonna cut it, as much as Harbaugh wants him back. For all those that say he needs to be around his peers- You’ve obviously never dealt with substance abuse. Dude’s a stud, but needs to keep his priorites straight ala Johnny Jolly

  32. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 31, 2013 7:36 PM

    Yeah, that structured team environment is really going to help him so much. Because it clearly did wonders for him in the past.

  33. skybox22blog says: Oct 31, 2013 8:02 PM

    God, look at that schedule. Two good teams (splattered). How many good teams do they have left? 2? Saints and Seattle? Easy to right the ship after that garbage.

  34. makimaguro says: Oct 31, 2013 8:04 PM

    I love it – Adam Schefter was so wrong today!

  35. southpaw79 says: Oct 31, 2013 8:06 PM

    Welcome back Aldon. You are getting another chance to live the dream. Now that you are sober I hope you realize the greatness that could be in your future, but you can only reach that if you can stay focused and healthy ( both mentally and physically ). Do not let this opportunity slip, it may very well be your last.

  36. pesotmato says: Oct 31, 2013 8:11 PM

    To:
    hrmlss says:
    Oct 31, 2013 6:15 PM
    Stay Classy SF…………….

    ____________________________________

    You stay away.

  37. logic4sale says: Oct 31, 2013 8:13 PM

    How is it even possible this guy plays football again this season?! Goes to a rehab facility for drug use (not an NFL punishment), then pleads guilty to weapon charges… how is it a POSSIBILITY this guy plays AT ALL this weekend or any other this season?!

  38. msclemons67 says: Oct 31, 2013 8:28 PM

    Gotta love Seahawks fans chirping about a guy the 49ers essentially suspended for 5 weeks (if you think rehab was Aldon’s choice I’ve got a bridge to sell you).

    Considering the Seahawks have a known cheat at head coach in addition to 6 players suspended for cheating and one Ryan Braun. Oh, let’s toss in the guy who’s been dodging a DUI charge for over a year as well.

    Did the Seahawks suspend any of those guys? Or do anything at all? Nope. Pete likes his cheats.

  39. serkeljerks says: Oct 31, 2013 8:35 PM

    Goes to a rehab facility for drug use (not an NFL punishment), then pleads guilty to weapon charges… how is it a POSSIBILITY this guy plays AT ALL this weekend or any other this season?!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    (1) He didn’t go to rehab for drug use –it was alcohol rehab.

    (2) He didn’t plead guilty…he posted bail. The fact is the charges will be dropped to misdemeanors and life will press on.

  40. killitandeatit says: Oct 31, 2013 8:50 PM

    California gun laws are bogus and he violated some abstract law that most gun owners don’t understand and probably most could be arrested for…if you live in in this liberal abomination. I ask law enforcement friends,game warden etc.. about gun laws and THEY can’t figure it out. The kid paid his dues,went to rehab and should play football …period. If he doesn’t come back the 49er franchise will be just fine but Aldon will not. If he screws up he’s through.

  41. datmr says: Oct 31, 2013 9:08 PM

    Another classy move by J Harbaugh and da 49 ers (or not). What a disgrace.

  42. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 31, 2013 10:33 PM

    Keep making excuses 49er fans. 4 weeks to get his life straight after passsing out at the wheel drunk and high. Pending gun charges, no need to talk about class because its not there.

  43. albinorhino49 says: Oct 31, 2013 11:14 PM

    Heeee’s Baaaack! All the pessimistic people on here crack me up. Hate on the Niners much?

  44. pmars64 says: Oct 31, 2013 11:52 PM

    I don’t understand why this guy hasn’t been suspended yet by the league. A kid like Josh Gordon smokes some weed and he’s one strike from being suspended for a year. This guy has put others at risk with his DUIs twice that we know about and he hasn’t even had one suspension. It reeks of Goodell’s well known double standard. Do you think if Smith wasn’t playing for a marquee franchise he’d be getting the same kid glove treatment? Like his naked attack on the Saints for bounties when other teams actually admitted to doing the same and they’ve been a part of the league for decades. Goodell has no credibility.

  45. josephpete says: Nov 1, 2013 3:43 AM

    All the nay sayers here on Aldon’s issues would love to have this guy on their team, right now.

  46. joetoronto says: Nov 1, 2013 4:19 AM

    If the 49ers wanted to do what’s best for Smith, they’d shut him down for at least the rest of the season.

    They need to do what’s right.

  47. daubs17 says: Nov 1, 2013 10:32 AM

    9er fans downplaying aldon smith walking around thinking hes tony montana…lol

  48. adderal says: Nov 1, 2013 8:22 PM

    Some of you are just morons I guess. The man should not loose his right to earn a living based off a charges that will likely be reduced to fines and community service. Hopefully he will have learned his lesson or he won’t, ether way it has no bearing on anyones life on this board.

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